Frequently Asked Questions on Autism

What is Autism?

Autism is a brain problem that can make it hard for kids to communicate and interact with other people. In the past, children struggled to attend school and find work. Today, there is hope with early detection and intervention.

What are the signs of Autism?

There are three common signs. These are delayed speech, problems with social interaction and odd behaviour. Try our M-CHAT-R/F or Lazarus Checklist.

How do I test for Autism?

We suggest your first step should be screening. Why not try our online tool? If you want a formal diagnosis, you need to visit NUH or KK Kids. However they usually prefer to wait till your child is three years and older. In addition, they are likely to suggest that you try intervention first, to see if improvements can be made.

What is Early Intervention?

This is intensive therapy provided at an early age. By intensive we mean a lot of effort or hours devoted to your child by an expert. By early, we usually mean a few years before primary school.

What does early intervention focus on?

We focus on the problem. If your child is not taking, we will work on understanding and expressing abilities.  If your child is not mixing well with others, we will address this during therapy. Please visit our page for a detailed description.

Why does Lazarus only offer ABA?

It has worked. The landmark experiment in 1987 showed that 48% of kids who underwent 40 hours of ABA over 2 years were no different from their “normal” peers in terms of IQ.  The results have inspired many others to use this.  We encouage you to read this. 

Can I Use Baby Bonus To Pay?

Yes you can use your Baby Bonus for therapy. We need a report from your doctor.

 

What happens when I bring my child?

The first session is free and for us to answer all your questions. If you would like to take the next step, we will spend about eight hours with your child. Of course this is broken up into a few sessions. Next, we discuss the results with your family and share our thoughts in terms of goals and hours. We gather your feedback. Finally, a plan is produced for the next six months. We start the actual therapy with a a few hours before increasing it to the actual plan. Do read more on this.

Can I sit in during the sessions?

Some parents have difficulties in letting go. We understand this. Hence why we allow such parents to  sit in for the first few sessions. However at some point you need to let go. Otherwise your child will never attend school. If you have specific concerns about this, do speak with us and we will work out a plan for this.

Do you keep in touch with me?

We  talk to you after every session. This is a good time to share any concerns you may have at home. We are also a phone call away. For those who are keen, we can write some programs for you to carry out at home.